Finding clues to cure neck pain
It starts by piecing together a mystery — because knowing how to relieve neck pain starts by first finding the source.
Could it be a simple muscle spasm or tension headache? What if it’s something more serious like a bulging disc or bone spur? Is it a trapezius muscle injury causing spinal misalignment and nerve irritation? Can improper posture be contributing to all of the above?
Proper neck pain care starts by gathering all the clues you can find. Once you’ve compiled the evidence, you can form the right neck pain treatment plan:
Noticing a neck muscle injury
Sudden, sharp pain is always your first clue. From spasms to strains, injured muscles can cause neck pain. Having an at-home treatment plan can help resolve most minor injuries, but when the pain lingers, that’s another red flag. More severe muscle injuries may require trigger point injections, physical therapy or short-term use of pain medication.
Identifying a neck misalignment
When an X-ray reveals something more, it may be time for chiropractic care. A chiropractor helps provide cervical pain relief by increasing range of motion, stretching muscles and decreasing pressure on your spinal discs using a variety of adjustment techniques.
Your chiropractor may also recommend massage therapy because both kinds of care work together to treat musculoskeletal conditions.
Discovering a diagnosable spinal condition
Another clue is chronic neck pain that persists with ongoing conservative care. To fit all the puzzle pieces together, your doctor may recommend an MRI or CT scan — and there are more advanced diagnostics available at Laser Spine Institute. Our experts can use a Relief Confirmation Test and advanced in-motion spinal imaging to help you uncover the cause of your neck pain.
Is the cause of your neck or back pain still a mystery? Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. More than 75,000 patients have trusted us to help them treat the cause of their chronic spine conditions. Contact Laser Spine Institute for your free MRI review* to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.